1st Generation (2002—2013) Escalade EXT Problems

Escalade EXT owners with a 2002—2013 model year have the most problems with the engine (23%), interior (15%), and the brakes (15%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Moisture in Headlights Causing Shorting 1 complaints at an average of 125,000 miles in the 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT.
  2. Air Shocks Leaking 1 complaints at an average of 108,000 miles in the 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT.
  3. Faulty Fuel Induction System 1 complaints at an average of 375 miles in the 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT.

What Escalade EXT Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Cadillac model years.

Watch out for the 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2013 0 1 927 0.0
2012 0 1 913 0.0
2011 0 2 898 0.0
2010 0 0 855 0.0
2009 0 2 822 0.0
2008 4 2 761 3.49
2007 2 3 702 0.24
2006 0 1 84 0.0
2005 1 1 78 0.2
2004 5 2 112 1.69
2003 0 2 88 0.0
2002 1 1 53 0.42

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